Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch finished third in Monday’s rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, backing up the runner-up finish he had Friday night in the Nationwide Series race. His JGR teammates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin also ended the day with top 15 finishes.
Busch, who qualified 29th on the field, led 10 laps in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry. Former JGR driver Joey Logano, leading a race-high 108 laps on the day, won the event to become the seventh different winner in seven races to start the season.
“We had a good racecar today,” said Busch post-race. “The Interstate Batteries Camry was pretty good. We come from the back, up to the front, had a good car through the middle. We led some, then Jeff (Gordon) was pretty good. The Penske cars, I went by one of them in one run like he was standing still, then he went by me in the next run like I was standing still. Kind of crazy the way that happened. They come out of nowhere and took off the last 70 laps, 80 laps, whatever it was. They were going to be tough to beat.”
Kenseth, who qualified 26th in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, finished seventh, while Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Office/March of Dimes Toyota, finished 13th after qualifying sixth.
Jeff Gordon finished second, with Brian Vickers and Kyle Larson finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Greg Biffle finished sixth, with Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Tony Stewart rounding out the top 10.
The Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington Speedway, the “Track Too Tough to Tame,” on Saturday night, April 12th. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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